It seems fitting that Trump and his family, particularly Trump Jr., love to talk about how innocent Donald is and how special counsel Robert Mueller won’t be able to do anything legal to take him down, yet they prove time and again that they don’t understand the law at all.
Trump Jr. reacted this morning to the Supreme Court siding with the Colorado baker who refused to make a custom cake for a same-sex wedding in a ruling Monday, by trying to mischaracterize what the Associated Press accurately reported.
The AP said “Supreme Court rules narrowly for Colorado baker who wouldn’t make same-sex wedding cake.” to which Jr. responded, “I am reading about a 7 – 2 vote. Pretty sure that’s not narrowly… At least 2 dem leaning justices must have agreed.”
I am reading about a 7 – 2 vote. Pretty sure that's not narrowly… At least 2 dem leaning justices must have agreed. https://t.co/vOjX0mOHPf
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 4, 2018
The problem here is that Trump Jr. completely screwed up what the word “narrowly” actually means in that headline. Narrowly in a legal context has nothing to do with how each judge decided the case or what the final split was.
Every court case works to return a decision based on the issue(s) at hand in the case. The term narrowly, when used in a legal context, refers to the court’s decision about the issue and what impact the decision has in a legal sense.
When a decision is narrow, in a legal context, it is narrow because the court’s decision is very specific, based off the facts of the case. When the decision is narrow, it means that the outcome of the case has a very specific legal impact. The opposite of this would be a court decision that results in a broad change to our laws.
The Supreme Court’s decision over this baker case was narrow, meaning that it really only applies to this specific case, at this time. The court sided with the baker because the Colorado commission that was supposed to discover whether the baker broke the law, was found to have been biased off statements they made. The commission is supposed to be completely impartial.
Trump Jr. is a fool and it’s funny to be reminded that he doesn’t know anything about the law, but continues to call our Department of Justice wrong, along with his father, on a regular basis.